A Marine Protected Area (MPA) is a clearly defined geographical space, recognized, dedicated and managed through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values. (IUCN)

✔️ MPAs protect coral reef biodiversity and ecosystem health from overfishing, which affects 55% of the world’s reefs. (Coral Reef Alliance)

✔️ MPAs manage sedimentation and pollution, which smothers coral reefs, reduces their growth and reproduction, causes changes to food structures and makes them more susceptible to disease. (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary)

✔️ MPAs protect coral reefs that support blue carbon sinks, like seagrass meadows, mangroves and tidal marshes.

👉To support the ocean, you can visit or volunteer at your local MPA, contact your legislators about ocean protection or donate to organizations fighting for ocean protection.

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